In­jured sus­pect found in hospi­tal

Shootout at petrol sta­tion rob­bery

Sowetan - - News - By Belinda Pheto

An at­tempted rob­bery sus­pect was twice un­lucky when he was nabbed by po­lice at the week­end‚ af­ter be­ing shot by mem­bers of the pub­lic who re­fused to stand by and watch a crime in progress. Ac­cord­ing to Gaut­eng po­lice spokesper­son Capt Mavela Ma­sondo, the sus­pect was ar­rested just af­ter 9am on Satur­day in hospi­tal fol­low­ing an in­ten­sive man­hunt by po­lice. Ma­sondo said the sus­pect and his ac­com­plice al­legedly tried to rob a petrol sta­tion in Amal­gam‚ Jo­han­nes­burg‚ just af­ter 11pm the pre­vi­ous night. “It is al­leged that two armed sus­pects en­tered the shop at a petrol sta­tion and de­manded cash at gun­point. It is re­ported that a shootout en­sued be­tween the rob­bers and pa­trons who were in the shop‚ af­ter which one sus­pect was fa­tally shot [and killed] and an­other sus­pect fled the scene on foot.” He said noth­ing was taken from the store.

A Chevro­let Aveo ve­hi­cle and two firearms be­lieved to have been used by the rob­bers were re­cov­ered by po­lice. Ma­sondo said a man­hunt was im­me­di­ately launched for the sus­pect who fled the scene and he was lo­cated at a hospi­tal in Ekurhu­leni‚ with gun­shot wounds. Ma­sondo said po­lice could not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of the sus­pects be­ing part of a gang re­spon­si­ble for a spate of re­cent rob­beries at fuel sta­tions in Jo­han­nes­burg and Ekurhu­leni. “Nu­mer­ous cases of busi­ness rob­beries were re­ported where a white Chevro­let Aveo was in­volved and the modus operandi was al­most the same.” A case of busi­ness rob­bery‚ at­tempted mur­der and in­quest has been opened. The ar­rested sus­pect will ap­pear at the Jo­han­nes­burg mag­is­trate’s court as soon as he is dis­charged from hospi­tal.

‘‘ Two armed sus­pects de­manded cash at gun­point in the shop

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